Cisco has developed a comprehensive portfolio of wireless LAN products and technologies that enable continual access to information and other resources and to facilitate teamwork among workers, associates, vendors, and customers. Cisco's wireless product families include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points, as well as Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller plug-ins and appliances. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless experts can enable businesses of any size to utilize Cisco wireless technology to accommodate the current model of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) networks by converging their tethered and untethered ecosystems to achieve easy deployment, consistently high throughput, centralized control, enterprise-wide policy enforcement, fault tolerance, and across-the-board protection.
Cisco's Converged Solution for BYOD and Wired/Wireless Connectivity
The Cisco Unified Wireless architecture can expand to as many as 18,000 APs with Layer 3 connectivity at local or remote locations like enterprise headquarters, university auditoriums, branches, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's Wi-Fi access points and controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to support the same degree of security, performance, and ease of management for wireless networks that businesses demand in their wired networks. This technology includes integrated mobility services such as Voice over IP, HD video, and safe guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture enables organizations to create wireless environments that improve the way they do business and enhance productivity via a dynamic and connected workforce.
Progent's Cisco-certified network infrastructure consulting services offers remote or onsite expertise to assist you to plan, configure, manage, expand, and repair converged wired/wireless network infrastructure of all sizes and for any venue. In addition, Progent can provide affordable online and on-premises wireless site surveys to help you to design and deploy a Wi-Fi LAN with custom-designed AP clusters optimized for your individual work area layout, building structure, and intended application.
Cisco Small Business, Aironet, Meraki and Catalyst Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet, Meraki and Catalyst families of access points enable you to integrate wired and wireless infrastructure to provide the coverage, density, throughput, security compliance and manageability needed to support practically any environment. Cisco's APs start at bare bones, single-band 802.11b/g/n units with data rates of 300 Mbps intended for very small companies or telecommuters to 802.11ax wireless access points suitable for handling hundreds of wireless clients per AP and delivering sustained data rates in excess of 5 Gbps. Cisco's latest selection of access points can be combined or clustered to deliver the scale to support wireless networks with high client density and with high usage rates of HD video apps.
Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of APs are Linux-based devices intended as value-priced Wi-Fi solutions for small offices. Many models in Cisco's Small Business family of APs work with Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which allows you to configure, control and troubleshoot a cluster of access points from a single device through a simple browser-based interface. All of the models include Power over Ethernet and feature Quality of Service (QoS), rogue access point awareness, and bridge mode for connecting to another network.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Access Point is a wallmount, single-radio 2.4GHz unit that can handle 16 active 802.11b/g/n wireless clients, has a Fast Ethernet port, permits up to four AP devices and 40 wireless clients in a cluster, and supports throughput of 300 Mbps. The Cisco WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11n AP that can handle 16 wireless clients per radio for up to 32 clients, features a Gigabit Ethernet interface, and can support sustained data rates of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not allow clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 is an entry-level dual-radio AC/n access point that includes a 1xGE Poe port and can support 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps throughput for AC clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 supports four APs for each cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 AP is a wall-mountable single-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n device with support for 80 active wireless clients in an 8-device cluster. The Cisco WAP321 has a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and can support sustained throughput of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. Cisco's WAP351 is a dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n access point with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can support 32 wireless clients on each radio for up to 64 active clients, and deliver a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 does not allow clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 is a dual-radio 802.11ac access point that features a 5 x Gb Ethernet switch, allows 32 clients per radio, and offers 867 Mbps throughput for wireless AC devices and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n devices. The Cisco WAP361 allows eight WAP361 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wallmount WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio AP that works with 802.11n and the latest 802.11ac IEEE specification. The WAP371 includes a Gigabit Ethernet port, can handle up to 32 wireless clients on each radio, and 8 APs per cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio Selectable Band access point includes a GE interface and dual radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that offer 450 Mbps performance for each radio, support 64 clients per radio, and allow up to 16 wireless access points per cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is similar to Cisco's WAP 561 but has a single radio selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). The Cisco Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (a weather-proof outdoor model) are dual-band Wireless-AC/N access points that feature 2 x GE LAN interfaces with link aggregation, 3x3 MIMO, and as high as 1.9 Gigabit/sec throughput with 1300 Mbps on 11ac and 600 Mbps over 11n. Both access points can handle 32 active WAN clients on each radio and 16 access points per cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP581 Wireless-AC Wave 2 Wireless Access Point complies with the 802.11ac Wi-Fi 5 standard and offers 4x4 and 3x3 MU-MIMO technology to deliver 2.8 Gbps throughput at 5 GHz and 600 Mbps on the 2.4-GHz radio for a total top data rate of 2.4 Gbps. The Small Business WAP581 includes a fixed 2.5G Ethernet LAN interface and a 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN interface with 802.3at Power over Ethernet. Cisco's WAP581 Wave 2 Wi-Fi 5 AP can handle as many as 200 connective users, a maximum of 50 active users per radio, 16 APs per cluster, and 960 active client users for each cluster.
To find out more about Progent's support for current and legacy Cisco Small Business series of WiFi access points, see Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 wireless access points consulting services.
Cisco's Aironet Family of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Aironet family of wireless APs has consistently been the top-selling access point product. Aironet APs range from entry-level devices to enterprise-class units. The Aironet line span several generations of models compliant with the continually improving 802 specification. The latest line of Aironet wireless access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and incorporate 802.11ac support, which offers three times the performance as well as superior coverage and density than the previous generation of APs. Cisco's current multi-frequency Aironet access points can support 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients that do not have 802.11ac capability.
The earliest Aironet access points are outdated devices that have reached end-of-sale status and are not supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the complete Aironet family of APs and can assist you to manage and troubleshoot your current Aironet Wi-Fi system or move cost effectively to the latest Aironet technology. For more information about Progent's consulting services for both current and outdated Cisco Aironet access points, see Cisco Aironet wireless access points consulting.
Cisco's Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki dual-band 2.4/5 GHz indoor wireless access points include value-priced models for general use to enterprise-class products supporting as high as 5.9 Gigabit per second performance. Every Cisco Meraki indoor AP offers next-generation capabilities like plug-and-play installation, advanced security, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, extensive analytics, automatic over-the-web firmware updates, and centralized cloud-based management for multiple sites. Every Meraki indoor AP also incorporates dual powerful radios with enhanced reception plus a dedicated radio that offers intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor wireless access points are IP67 rated, designed to operate in rugged outdoor conditions, and tested to resist dust particles, shock and humidity. Meraki outdoor access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and deliver advanced features that include cloud management with multi-site visibility and control, 802.1X integration, built-in antivirus scan, single-click secure guest access and isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO. To find out more about Progent's consulting services for Meraki wireless access points and cloud management, refer to Cisco's Meraki APs consulting.
Catalyst 9100 Family of Wi-Fi 6 and W-Fi 6E APs
Cisco's Catalyst 9100 line of Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax APs are intended for environments ranging from home offices to high-density convention centers. Cisco Catalyst 9100 access points are compliant with the 802.11ax specification, known as Wi-Fi 6, which in turn builds on the previous 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) standard. As an improvement to 802.11ac, Wi-Fi 6 is designed to utilize both the 2.4-Ghz and 5-GHz bands. Headline enhancements incorporated in Cisco Catalyst 9100 Series APs include MU-MIMO support for uplink traffic, dual NAVs for better dependability, increased device sleep time for conserving power usage in battery-dependent endpoints, adaptive sensitivity thresholds for better spectrum utilization, and dynamic fragmentation for reduced overhead. Cisco Catalyst 9100 802.11ax access points support Cisco's Embedded Wireless Controller, accommodate up to 400 clients per radio, and run on Cisco IOS XE Software.
Cisco's Catalyst 9160 Series Wi-Fi 6E APs are the first Cisco access points that have the capability of being monitored and managed on-prem via Cisco DNA Center or via the cloud using Meraki management utilities. This allows businesses to move to cloud-centric or hybrid deployments on their own schedule. All Cisco's Catalyst 916x APs comply with the a/b/g/n/ac/ax and 6E wireless standards and fully support the new 6-GHz band. Each AP includes 5 radios and supports as many as 400 clients per radio. Each AP model also comes with a dedicated radio for Cisco CleanAir Pro for reducing interference, includes a USB 2.0 port, and supports Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). The value-priced Catalyst 9162 Series AP is suited for small businesses, incorporates three 2x2 radios, and includes 1x 100M/1000M/2.5G mGig Ethernet support.
Cisco's Catalyst 9163E Wi-Fi 6E access point is built to withstand harsh outside venues such as campuses or municipal Wi-Fi. The 9163E comes with three client serving 2x2 radios, an IoT radio, and a tri-band scanning radio. Interfaces include 1x 100M/1000M/2.5G Multigigabit Ethernet, a management console port (RJ-45), 4x N-Type Wi-Fi antenna connectors, and a GPS/GNSS antenna connector. The AP works with Omnidirectional Dipole Self-Identifying Antennas. The Catalyst 9164 Series access point is meant for small and middle-size organizations, includes one 2x2 radio and two 4x4 radios, and provides 1x 100M/1000M/2.5G mGig Ethernet. The Catalyst 9166 Series access point is meant for large and medium-sized enterprises, includes three 4x4 radios, and offers 1x 100M/1000M/2.5G/5G mGig Ethernet support. The 9166 also has environmental sensors to detect air quality, temperature, and moisture. To find out more about Progent's support for Catalyst 9100 Family of Wi-Fi 6/6E 802.11ax Access Points, refer to 802.11ax access points system design, configuration, and troubleshooting services.
Cisco 9800 Series Wi-Fi 6 Wireless Controllers
Cisco Catalyst 9800 line of Wi-Fi 6-supported wireless LAN controller appliances allow you to automate and manage advanced wireless networks that incorporate 802.11ax APs. The 802.11ax standard, referred to as Wi-Fi 6, improves on prior generation 802.11ac (referred to as Wi-Fi 5) devices by delivering less latency and more reliable performance, supporting higher client user density, providing greater security, saving energy for battery-powered handheld devices, and allowing more versatility for handling the latest types of Internet-of-Things endpoints. Cisco's Catalyst 9800 family wireless controllers feature high availability with transparent software updates, live patching, and the ability to add Wi-Fi access points with zero downtime. Enhanced cybersecurity features include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA), secure boot, and Cisco Software-Defined Access (SD-Access). Streaming telemetry permits you to monitor and understand network and client health.
All controllers in the Catalyst 9800 family are powered by Cisco's IOS XE Software and work with Cisco's DNA Center (DNAC) or Prime Infrastructure network management tools. Catalyst 9800 wireless LAN controllers can manage Cisco Aironet Wi-Fi 5 Wave 1 and Wave 2 access points as well as Catalyst 9100 802.11ax Wi-Fi access points. For details about Progent's consulting services for Cisco 9800 Series Wi-Fi 6 Wireless Controllers, refer to Catalyst 9800 family of Wi-Fi 6 wireless controller appliances solution planning, deployment, and management services.
Cisco Wi-Fi 5 802.11ac Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers enable realtime data exchange, configuration, control, monitoring and debugging for Cisco Wi-Fi appliances and software services. Cisco offers both physical and virtual wireless controllers for centralized administration of wireless environments, but networks with many Wi-Fi access points typically require physical wireless controllers. Current generation wireless controller devices from Cisco offer major benefits over Wave 1 and earlier models including higher performance, simultaneous support for 1G and 10G Ethernet, improved application visibility and control (AVC), and hardened, built-in protection.
The Cisco 3504 WiFi Controller is an entry-level device available in a desktop form factor and designed for smaller organizations. You can use the 3504 model in a centralized WLAN architecture such as in lean branch and remote offices administered over the WAN with FlexConnect, or in mesh deployments where wiring is limited. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller supports as many as 150 WiFi access points and 3,000 users, offers 4 Gbps performance, and supports 4,096 VLANs. Cisco's 3504 WiFi controller features a multi-gigabit Ethernet interface (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-GB Ethernet interfaces. Access points can be connected directly to the WiFi controller via two PoE ports. The 3504 wireless controller offers fast failover for APs and clients, which allows high availability for applications. Like other current Wave 2 wireless controllers from Cisco, the 3504 model has the integrated ability to communicate with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services Engine, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WiFi controllers.
Cisco's 5520 WiFi Controller, offered in a 1 rack unit (RU) package, is designed for midsize to large organizations and campus networks and can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures. The 5520 wireless controller can handle up to 1,500 APs and 20,000 users, delivers 20 Gbps throughput, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 model controller features two 10 GE interfaces and features SSD storage, backup fans, optional backup power supplies, and rapid failover for high availability.
The Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, offered in a 2RU enclosure, is a top-of-the-line wireless controller designed to support large enterprises, service providers, and large campuses. The 8540 Wireless controller can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments and can handle up to 6,000 APs and 64,000 users. The 8540 WiFi controller offers throughput up to 40 Gbps and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 8540 controller includes four 1-GB or 10GE ports and features SSD storage, redundant power supplies, redundant fans, and rapid failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco wireless network controllers reduce the time and expense needed to configure, manage, and operate wireless networks by offering single-point control of critical tasks like provisioning wireless access points, applying consistent policies throughout converged wired/wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide QoS for IP voice and HD video, tracking and troubleshooting network health, implementing security capabilities to guard against cyber break-ins and Distributed Denial of Service attacks, and handling IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has designed wireless network controllers for organizations of any size and offers standalone desktop controllers, modular add-on controllers for Cisco routers and Catalyst switches, and switches with integrated wireless controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 WiFi network controllers include Cisco CleanAir tools to avoid signal interference and produce self-healing wireless LANs for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and security. Built-in Apple Bonjour Gateways enable discovery throughout the enterprise for Apple-based applications. For high availability, Cisco wireless LAN controllers support access point and client stateful switchover by enabling a backup high-availability controller to synch with a main controller for AP license count, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and AP CAPWAP state. In case the main controller goes down, thousands of access points and wireless clients can switchover immediately to the secondary wireless controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E offers entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac capability for 2900 and 3900 Series routers used by small to medium-sized businesses and branch offices. This affordable and scalable module can handle from five to 200 wireless access points and up to 6000 clients. (To find out concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and management support.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU form-factor switches designed for small to mid-size businesses and branch offices and have an integrated wireless controller with the ability to handle 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and up to 25 APs and 1000 clients on each switch. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches designed for midsize and large organizations and feature a built-in wireless LAN controller supporting 40 Gb of wireless throughput per switch and support for 50 wireless access points and 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is a plug-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches with a built-in wireless network controller intended for mid-to-large size businesses and capable of 20 Gbps throughput and with support for up to 1000 access points and 15,000 clients. (For information concerning Progent's consulting services for Cisco switches, see Cisco Catalyst switches deployment and troubleshooting services.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are economical desktop appliances that streamline the provisioning and operation of wireless LANs for SMBs and branches. The 2500 Series wireless controller can handle from five to 75 access points and up to 1000 wireless clients and offers sustained data rates of up to 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Series Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU appliance designed for medium-sized to large organizations and campuses and can support up to 500 wireless access points and 7,000 wireless clients while delivering 8 Gbps performance. Cisco's 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large campus environments with support for 1000 wireless access points and 12,000 clients and providing throughput of 60 Gbps to accommodate high client densities and high amounts of media-rich applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is designed to manage thousands of wireless branches from a single location, eliminating the need for a Wi-Fi controller at each branch. The 1RU Flex 7500 appliance allows you to create a private cloud to configure, monitor, maintain, and troubleshoot as many as 6000 access points and up to 64,000 wireless clients while handling 1 Gbps performance. Cisco's 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed to monitor and manage Wi-Fi networks for very large campuses or for service providers and can scale to support 6000 wireless points and 64,000 clients while delivering 10 Gbps performance.
To learn more about Cisco WiFi controllers, go to Cisco Wi-Fi controllers consulting services.
Legacy Cisco Access Points, Bridges and Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the IEEE 802.11ac standard for Wi-Fi effectively made obsolete all earlier releases of Wi-Fi products for many environments that have high densities of wireless clients and high usage of video-intensive applications. Even for organizations who do not currently need the performance of 802.11ac, many of Cisco wireless devices have reached end-of-life status, which can pose serious maintenance and regulatory compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts offer online and onsite support services for a broad range of older-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can also assist companies to assess the business case for updating legacy wireless infrastructure and can help in planning and carrying out affordable, non-disruptive upgrades. Below are a few of Cisco legacy Wi-Fi devices that Progent's consultants still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points
Aironet 1000 or 1130AG Series APs are ideal for conventional workplaces and other locations which have little environmental instability. These devices include integrated antennas that offer predictable omnidirectional range patterns. The Cisco Aironet 1130G Series product is designed for restricted domains that do not permit 5GHz transmission.
Aironet 1230AG/1240AG Series access points are designed for more difficult RF environments such as factories and warehouses or above suspended ceilings which typically require adjustable protruding antennas and ruggedized cases. The 1240G Series product is designed for restricted domains that do not allow 802.11a transmission.
Aironet 1500 family lightweight outside mesh LAN access points provide an economical, scalable, secure outdoor Wi-Fi solution for enterprise campuses and for public venues that require access for portable devices.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges provide a high-performance and feature-rich solution for integrating numerous local area networks in a metro area or public access environment. Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer a versatile, manageable technology that satisfies the security needs of WAN specialists. These devices support both point-to-point and PTMP deployments with excellent range and support for data rates as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges offer data rates substantially faster than E1/T1 links for much lower cost, doing away with the necessity of expensive leased lines when connecting different buildings. Since wireless bridges require no ongoing charges, the expenses saved on leased-line bills quickly pay for the initial hardware investment. Private lines and even leased lines using metal or fiber-optic cable often result in very expensive up-front costs if they are separated by obstacles such as freeways, railroads, or bodies of water. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges can be deployed rapidly with a fast ROI.
Aironet 1300 family outdoor access points/bridges can be implemented as independent access points, wireless bridges, or workgroup bridges. These devices have a durable cover and provide fast, affordable wireless interfaces between numerous stationary or mobile environments and users.
Aironet 1400 family wireless bridges offer fast, reliable outdoor bridging for line-of-sight environments. They include an all-weather enclosure that can withstand harsh outdoor environments and function in broad temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wireless Controllers provide single-point management of wireless networks by streamlining the handling of key functions such as integrated IPS, fast RF management, zero touch configuration, and full N+1 redundancy. Cisco Wireless controllers operate with small APs to deliver enhanced throughput and high-end management capabilities.
Cisco WLAN Controllers provide the manageability, expandability, protection, and fault tolerance that IT managers require to build secure, enterprise-scale wireless environments, from branch offices to small companies to headquarter campuses. Cisco's legacy WLCs can be clustered to offer support for as many as 2400 wireless access points for each roaming domain.
The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Controller Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers offers small-to medium businesses (SMBs) and large corporations an economical solution to implement and manage secure wireless networks at satellite offices. These wireless controllers supervise up to 12 Aironet APs and are supported on 2800/3800 IS Routers and 3700 Routers. (For information about Progent's online and on-premises support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and management consulting.)
How Progent Can Assist You with Cisco Wireless Technology
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified CCIE consultant to help your business to design, deploy, maintain and repair a converged wired and wireless ecosystem integrating a broad range of wireless technologies that offer the same security, expandability, and ease of management you demand from a wired environment. Progent can assist you to maintain legacy wireless products from Cisco or upgrade efficiently to the latest 802.11ax-compatible products. Progent's CISM and CISSP security specialists can advise you about how to build protection into your wireless network and into your company's operations. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planning consultants can help you to set up the high availability features incorporated into Cisco's wired/wireless technologies so your converged infrastructure provides significant return on investment.
Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey assists you to plan and implement a robust WLAN customized for your facilities, offering a Wi-Fi solution that delivers comprehensive coverage, high performance and density, QoS to accommodate IP video, enterprise-class security and compliance, and easy management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be delivered remotely to cut time and expense, or on premises for more difficult situations.
For a more in-depth look at Progent's wireless consulting capabilities, visit Progent's Wireless LAN Support.
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